13 Sep 17 In the 11 years since our return back here we have been regularly crossing the Hood Canal Floating Bridge without ever encountering a delay until last week, when we were stopped for the first time. Then, yesterday, on our trip to the coast, it happened again. Both times the signs telling about the delays were not working nor was the web site. So we started off our trip with an almost 40 minute delay while a sub was apparently transiting the canal. That was our first delay. Outside Port Angeles taking Hwy 101 we encountered another sign that was very unreadable saying something about 101 being closed Thursday which wasn't of concern to us. Interesting however was the fact that the GPS had routed us away from the area creating another 30 minute delay in arriving at the beaches. But we made it to the beaches nonetheless for a wonderful day of sun, surf, clouds, and photography. Probably couldn't have asked for a better day; well, we could have, but then it is always easy to ask for just a bit more. We started out at Rialto Beach listening to the waves crashing in and the fog moving around the base of the stacks (rocks), then drove to LaPush (First Beach) for a short stay, then up to Second Beach where we walked though the woods to the beach where I could shoot some of the stacks from a different angle as well as some I hadn't seen before and then back to the SUV to do Third Beach. By the time we made it back Jan was just too tired to do another forest trek so we went back to Rialto Beach to once again watch and listen as the waves crashed ashore with a mighty roar and take more pictures!!! Of all the photos I've ever taken my favorite was captured on these beaches, but to be honest I don't remember exactly where. One of the reasons for the trip was to find that location and work it some more. I failed in that endeavor but did get a lot of nice material in the over 900 frames I took. Today's shot is from that second trip to Rialto Beach. It was almost peak tide and the waves were doing their best to make the rocky beach a bit more sandy as they repeatedly slammed the shoreline over and over and over!! The roar was almost deafening and the whole scene was just a bit mesmerizing!! If you make it out as far as Seattle for a visit you really owe it to yourselves to go a bit further west to the coast and take this in. It won't matter where as you can experience it from the NW tip of WA to the SW tip of CA. Just do it! So having gotten our fill of it all plus considering the length of the drive home, we departed and headed back only to encounter another poorly attended sign saying something about 101 being closed Thursday. Still of no concern and "oddly" we were still being directed to take the long way home. But we were tired and the sign(s) seemed to be saying something just about Thur. So we pressed on only to be stopped 15 miles outside of Port Angeles by the road being closed!! It turned out that the Thur part we could read was just part of "Mon thur Thur" and it was Monday. So we had to turn around and go back the long way adding another 75 minute delay. Plus that provided by a few less than courteous drivers of large vehicles (buses and trucks). So yesterday I had to work for my photos. Some days I guess the dragon wins.
Since it is really late and I'm more than a bit tired, I'll just leave it at I did a fair amount of work on this image to get the results I wanted. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 320; 1/2000 sec @ f / 8.